Sunday Respite – Sleigh Ride


This is a much loved orchestral piece composed by Leroy Anderson in 1948.  “Sleigh Ride” although not originally written for the holidays it has many associations and memories for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Something to get us in the holiday mood.

Beautiful photographs go along with the music. I enjoy posting this every year and it has gotten to be a tradition, Do watch it in full screen.


Wishing you a wonderful day.


Sunday Respite – Be Still



It has been a difficult week for many of us. We are discouraged. But our Comforter tells us to ”Be Still.”

My Sunday Respite is “Be Still” by Mary McDonald with Lyrics – Sunday 7pm Choir

Recorded live at St. Francis De Sales Church in Ajax, Ontario, Canada on  by the Sunday 7pm Choir.

It is a song of a loving God who “never leaves or forsakes,” the One who brings peace and comfort in time of need.

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

I posted this about a year or so ago and found it reassuring during a difficult time. I hope that you find comfort in these words as well today,



Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am with you.

Be still and know that I will comfort you when you come to Me in your hour of need.

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am here for you; and I will wipe your tears; you will be renewed.

Come unto Me, My child, be still, and know that I will give you rest,

I am present in your pain and I always will remain your Comforter and Friend.

Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am with you.

Be still and know that I will comfort you when you come to Me in your hour of need.

Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am here for you;

and I will wipe your tears; you will be renewed.

Peace I leave with you;

My peace, I give unto you.

Peace. Peace. Peace.

Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am God.

Be still. Be still. Be still.

Sunday Respite – The Great Bell Chant


We pray for our Republic and our President Donald J. Trump.  For politics click on the title to this post and check out the top posts listed on the right side of the page.

The Great Bell Chant – The End of Suffering.

Read by Thich Nath Hanh, chanted by brother Phap Niem.

I suggest watching it in full screen. Following the video is a link and –

A message from Archbishop Viganò 


From Adrienne’s Corner and we thank her.

Morning in America and a message from Archbishop Viganò …video


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As devout Christians and faithful citizens of the United States of America, you have intense and heartfelt concern for the fate of your beloved country while the final results of the Presidential election are still uncertain.

News of electoral fraud is multiplying, despite the shameful attempts of the mainstream media to censor the truth of the facts in order to give their candidate the advantage. There are states in which the number of votes is greater than the number of voters; others in which the mail-in vote seems to be exclusively in favor of Joe Biden; others in which the counting of ballots has been suspended for no reason or where sensational tampering has been discovered: always and only against President Donald J. Trump, always and only in favor of Biden.

vigano election 4In truth, for months now we have been witnessing a continuous trickle of staggered news, of manipulated or censored information, of crimes that have been silenced or covered up in the face of striking evidence and irrefutable testimony. We have seen the deep state organize itself, well in advance, to carry out the most colossal electoral fraud in history, in order to ensure the defeat of the man who has strenuously opposed the establishment of the New World Order that is wanted by the children of darkness. In this battle, you have not failed, as is your sacred duty, to make your own contribution by taking the side of the Good. Others, enslaved by vices or blinded by infernal hatred against Our Lord, have taken the side of Evil.

Do not think that the children of darkness act with honesty, and do not be scandalized if they operate with deception. Do you perhaps believe that Satan’s followers are honest, sincere, and loyal? The Lord has warned us against the Devil: “He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies” (Jn 8:44).vigano election 2

In these hours, while the gates of Hell seem to prevail, allow me to address myself to you with an appeal, which I trust that you will respond to promptly and with generosity. I ask you to make an act of trust in God, an act of humility and filial devotion to The Lord of Armies. I ask that all of you pray the Holy Rosary, if possible in your families or with your dear ones, your friends, your brothers and sisters, your colleagues, your fellow soldiers. Pray with the abandonment of children who know how to have recourse to their Most Holy Mother to ask her to intercede before the throne of the Divine Majesty. Pray with a sincere soul, with a pure heart, in the certainty of being heard and answered. Ask her – she who is the Help of Christians, Auxilium Christianorum – to defeat the forces of the Enemy; ask her – she who is terrible as an army set in battle array (Song 6:10) – to grant the victory to the forces of Good and to inflict a humiliating defeat on the forces of Evil.

Have your children pray, using the holy words that you have taught them: those confident prayers will rise to God and will not remain unheard. Have the elderly and sick pray, so that they may offer their sufferings in union with the sufferings that Our Lord suffered on the Cross when he shed His Precious Blood for Our Redemption. Have young ladies and women pray, so that they turn to her who is the model of purity and motherhood. And you, men, must also pray: your courage, your honor and your boldness will be refreshed and strengthened. All of you, take up this spiritual weapon, before which Satan and his minions retreat furiously, because they fear the Most Holy Virgin, she who is Almighty by Grace, even more than Almighty God.vigano election 3

Do not allow yourselves to be discouraged by the deceptions of the Enemy, even more so in this terrible hour in which the impudence of lying and fraud dares to challenge Heaven. Our adversaries’ hours are numbered if you will pray, if we will all pray with Faith and with the true ardor of Charity. May the Lord grant that one single devout and faithful voice rise from your homes, your churches, and your streets! This voice will not remain unheard, because it will be the voice of a people that cries out, in the moment when the storm rages most fiercely, “Save us, Lord, we are perishing!” (Mt 8:25).

The days that await us are a precious occasion for all of you, and for those who unite themselves spiritually to you from every part of the world. You have the honor and privilege of being able to participate in the victory of this spiritual battle, to wield the powerful weapon of the Holy Rosary as our fathers did at Lepanto to repel the enemy armies.

Pray with the certainty of Our Lord’s promise: “Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you” (Lk 11:9). The King of Kings, from whom you ask the salvation of your Nation, will reward your Faith. Your testimony, remember this, will touch the heart of Our Lord, multiplying the heavenly Graces which are, more than ever, indispensable in order to achieve victory.

May my appeal, which I address to you and to all people who recognize the Lordship of God, find you to be generous apostles and courageous witnesses of the spiritual rebirth of your beloved country, and with it the entire world. Non praevalebunt.

God bless and protect the United States of America!

One Nation under God

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+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

Former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America

November 4, 2020


Wishing you a wonderful day with much Peace.

Sunday Respite – O Lord Hear My Prayer


We are told in James 5:16 “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

We pray for our great Republic.

My favorite Taize hymn: O Lord hear my prayer, music by the French composer of liturgical music, Jacques Berthier (1923 – 1994). Lyrics from Psalm 102. Sunsets from various locations, by Patricia Maloney Ottawa ON Canada. The final photos were taken in the evening during the Stations of the Cross at Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

O Lord! Hear my prayer. When I call, answer me. Come and listen to me………………………………………………………………………………..


O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome—for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Wishing everyone a wonderful day with Peace.

Sunday Respite – The Breath of Autumn


Fall is winding down here though not much color this year. The Maples turned early with their beautiful colors and now the remaining seem to turn brown before much color.

Here is a good representation of a a beautiful autumn with a lovely musical background.

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You may prefer watching this in full screen.

The artist is Nino Portelli and the title is the Breath of Autumn


Have a wonderful day.

Sunday – Ode to the Ocean


Nothing could be better to end this week then taking a few moments to de-compress from all that has happened this week.

My selection: Artist: Saxcean edit. Song: Law Of Thr3e – Ode To the Ocean

From the notes:

My good friends, you want to immerse yourself in the world and remind yourself what a beautiful universe you live in… This video is as charming as the music of “Ode to the Ocean” itself.

Sit back, relax, watch the video and get real pleasure from what is happening on the display. I wish you a good rest and gain new strength. Always remember that there is nothing more beautiful on earth than to enjoy life, because its the best protection against negativity – it is primarily a positive in the soul and in relation to the world around you. Tune in to a good mood.


I suggest watching it in full screen.



Wishing you a wonderful day with much Peace.

Sunday Respite – Silent Cry


Fall is starting to settle in here, though it is late in coming. We really haven’t had any cold weather yet except for one night.

Even so, the darkness is moving in, shortening the days. A bit of melancholy sets in as we prepare for the coming winter.

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I have chosen the song Silent Cry by Artist Giovanni.




Wishing you a wonderful day with much peace.

Sunday Respite – Femmes


Tribute to beauty, and beautiful worldwide female stars in the movies. Evokes some great memories. Performed by talented Fausto Papetti.

Wonderful music and women that was enjoyed by a lucky generation in which we lived.

Fausto Papetti- Femmes



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Sunday Respite – Elevator to Heaven


Time for a break and a bit of a chill out. Visually stunning photography goes along with the respite. A bit on the long side, but enjoy it as long as you wish. I highly suggest watching it in full screen or even better shoot it over to your flat screen.

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Today a bit of the blues: Chris Bell – Elevator to Heaven



Have a wonderful day with much peace.

Sunday Respite – Sweet Moments of Life


The summer days are winding down. Time to make the most of them. Here is a reminder of summer days gone by. Sweet innocence with such “Sweet Moments of Life”..

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Paintings – Aleksander Averin
Sweet moments of life – Arseniy Yakshiyants

Have a wonderful day with much Peace.


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